Featured client: Ssam Kim

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Photographer Ssam Kim recently got a three-year O-1 approval. The case was submitted in July 2020 and approved in September 2020. Ms. Kim has been a long-time client of our office and this is her 4th O-1 visa. Here we show Ms. Kim photographing famous Korean American actor, John Cho.  Ms. Kim also writes: “Jane […]

Approvals in Record Time Without Premium Processing

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Since January 2020, our office has had 86 O-1 cases approved with almost no Requests for Evidence. We continue to receive approvals in very quick timeframes. In fact, just these past few months, we had several O-1 approvals for years, including one for a Mexican Knitwear Fashion Designer, a South African Music Composer for Film, […]

Change in the Public Charge Rule: I-944 Form is Not Longer Required

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Today, a district court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule (1) exceeds DHS’s authority under the public charge provision of the INA, (2) is not in accordance with law, and (3) is arbitrary and capricious, immediately setting aside the DHS public charge rule nationwide.   What is the Public Charge Rule? First established by Congress in 1882, the public charge rule was created to allow […]

VISA BULLETIN: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS

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WHAT IS THE VISA BULLETIN? The Visa Bulletin is a tool for you and the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government can only give out a limited number of Green Cards (or Immigrant Visas or visa numbers) every year: 226,000 for Family-Based immigrants and 140,000 for Employment-Based immigrants. The law limits how many can be used for […]

Clarification on Proclamation of June 22

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Visa Exempt Canadians Are Not Subject to the Proclamation Canadians entering as H, L or J nonimmigrants are exempt from the Presidential Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020, and effective on June 24, 2020. Guidance has been provided to local CBP ports on this issue. Individuals with Valid Visas Prior to Proclamation’s Effective Date Are […]

Presidential Proclamation

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As many of you are aware, the President has issued a Proclamation stating that holders of L-1, H-1B, H-2B and J-1 visas who are outside the United States will not be allowed to enter until the end of December 2020. O-1 visa holders are NOT affected by this proclamation. O-1 visa applicants may continue to […]

If you are planning to sponsor your spouse for the Green Card, this is the time!

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Although Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders/LPR’s) can sponsor their spouses for Green Cards, the process can take years due to the fact that this is an oversubscribed category.    However, for April 2020, there are immigrant visas immediately available in this category so LPR’s can sponsor their spouses and the spouses will be able to file for […]